Those of us who are ephemeraologists (like many of you reading this right now) follow Ephemeraology Rule #1: If you don't want something from your huge stash anymore, there is someone out there who will.
I know this rule very well, and have seen both sides of it. When I first started amassing my ephemera piles, I noticed that some people were very (maybe even a little too) eager to get rid of some of their stuff. I really benefited from this; it helped me figure out what kinds of ephemera were my favorite. Now that I've been doing this for nearly five years, I am now on the opposite side - I'm in the position to hand off some of my stuff to others (which is why I love doing my ephemera giveaways here!).
Sometimes, though, I still come across people who seemingly can't wait to share their wealth - these are the people that I love to thank in these posts. Today is one of those days.
On Saturday, we had a hobby expo at our library. This began two years ago but there wasn't one last year, so I was glad to see it return. It's such a great idea - local clubs can sign up and set up a table (for FREE) to explain what they do. This year, Brian and I, along with my friend Suze Fiebig and her daughter Jillian, represented Fond du Lac Visual Arts (and I also represented the Fond du Lac Artists' Association). Attendance was pretty good and I was able to start an interactive art project (more on that tomorrow).
One of the clubs that I hoped would return was the Fond du Lac Area Stamp Club, and I was in luck! When we attended the hobby expo two years ago I had a great talk with Greg, the head of the youth stamp club. Just by talking with him I could tell he was a true philatelist and ephemeraologist - and he proved it by giving away LOTS of stamps. Sure enough, he and his fellow club members were doing the same this year, but there was an added bonus - lenticulars.
What's a lenticular? See below:
lenticular printing - pretty neat. These little guys were printed for the 1972Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the Summer Olympics in Munich - they appear to be for Quarain. Unfortunately, the Munich games were the summer Olympics where 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian gunmen, which marred the entire games' history. Maybe that's why there were so many available; no one wanted to be reminded of the tragedy (incidentally, if you're interested in the "Munich Massacre", as it's now called, rent Munich. Excellent movie.).
I have NO idea what I'm going to do with these yet, but I'm sure some of them